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i want a clean sheet...
 

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I want goals :D we hardly scored any last month (only one against Newcastle) and the 20 odd we scored in February was hardly anything special since it was against sides like Man City, Leicester, Portsmouth and more poor sides. I mean Chelsea scored 4 against Wolves in the second half by only playing well for 20 minutes!

If Pleat continues to tinker with the team and put King in midfield for example, there'll be no supply for our forwards.

As for the game, we'll do well to get a draw but I fear Chelsea will do us comfortably hence them always saying that they're visiting three point lane :groan:
 

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We haven't scored a single goal since Kerbie's training camp in Dubai all those weeks ago... The only one that was counted for us was scored by Newcastle's O'Brein... apart from that - nada!

Let's go back to the 4-3's... At least they were entertaining...
 

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Chelsea class too much for Spurs
tribalfootball.com - April 4, 2004

Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink grabbed the winner in his team's 1-0 victory at Tottenham yesterday.
Spurs had much of the game, but the class of Chelsea was the difference after Hasselbaink netted his effort midway through the first-half.

"There are seven matches until the end of the season and we want to continue and try to do our best," said Blues boss Claudio Ranieri.

"Three points were very important today and I said to my players we have been working hard since the beginning of the season and now we are very close to doing something important for Chelsea.

"We are in good condition now and playing good football. We want to improve on last season and everything is in our hands - we must continue to play with this mentality.

"It was difficult today because London derbies are tight, so it was important to come here and win."
 

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Saturday, April 3, 2004

Tottenham 0-1 Chelsea: FT Report

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Chelsea extended their 17-year unbeaten run over Tottenham at White Hart Lane and closed the gap to four points on Premiership leaders Arsenal with a 1-0 victory.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink strikes past Kasey Keller at White Hart Lane. (CliveRose/GettyImages)

No kissing cousins for Redknapp

It was a good day for Chelsea's March manager of the month Claudio Ranieri, who saw Arsenal lose their FA Cup semi-final to Manchester United and possibly set the nerves running at Highbury ahead of Tuesday's Champions League quarter final return.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink - who came off the bench to score a 12 minute hat-trick in last weekend's 5-2 win over Wolves - took his tally against Spurs to five goals in as many games when he struck the winner after 37 minutes of a dull derby.

The last time Spurs beat Chelsea at White Hart Lane was in 1987, when David Pleat was in his first spell as manager.

Spurs were capable of raising their game against the top teams at home, having done so to beat both Liverpool and Newcastle this season, and they looked bright without threatening the Chelsea goal in what was anything but a passionate London derby.

That almost changed when Spurs won a free kick a few yards outside the left edge of the Chelsea box when Ledley King was tripped by William Gallas after 35 minutes.

Jamie Redknapp, starting his first match since September, curled it round the wall but John Terry headed clear, then when Christian Ziege played the ball back into the danger zone King headed wide when he might have done better.

It was to prove costly as two minutes later Chelsea scored a simple goal. Frank Lampard fed Damien Duff on the left flank and his low cross was comfortably tucked home by Hasselbaink.

Spurs went in search of the equaliser by sending on Fredi Kanoute for the second half in place of Ziege, with Keane slotting back into midfield.

Spurs screamed for a penalty after 52 minutes when Michael Brown's shot appeared to hit Terry's arm. but referee Steve Bennett waved play on.

There was a flashpoint after 54 minutes when Hasselbaink raced towards goal and was deliberately brought down by Taricco, who was lucky to escape with just a yellow card.

Kasey Keller came to the rescue after 57 minutes. Hasselbaink opened up the Spurs defence before feeding Lampard, but his close range shot was well saved by the American.

It was Chelsea's turn to appeal for a penalty when substitute Stephen Kelly tripped Scott Parker after 69 minutes, but again it was ignored. Then a minute later Defoe's long range shot was tipped over the bar by Marco Ambrosio.

Spurs went close to an equaliser after 84 minutes when substitute John Jackson - who replaced Redknapp when he suffered a split lip - curled in a corner from the right and Anthony Gardner's downward header was clawed off the line by Ambrosio.

Chelsea held on and that meant the end of Tottenham's run of five matches without defeat at home.

No kissing cousins for Redknapp

Jamie Redknapp was rushed to hospital for plastic surgery on his lip after suffering a whack in the face during Tottenham's 1-0 defeat by Chelsea at White Hart Lane this afternoon.

Ironically, the Tottenham captain was injured in an accidental clash with his cousin, Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard.

Redknapp was making his first start since suffering a knee injury in September, but he lasted just 65 minutes before being forced off the pitch with blood streaming from his mouth.

Tottenham acting manager David Pleat confirmed: 'Jamie had a laceration of his upper lip and has gone to hospital for plastic surgery - otherwise he wanted to come back on and kick his cousin!'

That injury aside, it was a fairly tame London derby in which Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's goal after 37 minutes meant Claudio Ranieri's men closed the gap on Arsenal at the top of the Premiership to just four points.

'We are not looking at Arsenal we are looking only at Chelsea,' said coach Ranieri. 'There are seven matches until the end of the season and we want to continue and try to do our best.

'Three points were very important today and I said to my players we have been working hard since the beginning of the season and now we are very close to doing something important for Chelsea.

'We are in good condition now and playing good football. We want to improve on last season and everything is in our hands - we must continue to play with this mentality.

'It was difficult today because London derbies are tight, so it was important to come here and win.'

Pleat accepted his team had lost to a good Chelsea side, who have not lost in the league at White Hart Lane since 1987, but was left to rue two refereeing decisions.

He felt that Damien Duff was marginally offside when he made the cross from which Hasselbaink scored, and he also felt Spurs were denied a clear penalty when John Terry stopped Michael Brown's shot with his arm.

'I thought Duff might have been half a yard offside,' said Pleat. 'What is more annoying, however, is that we had a certain penalty - you only had to see the reaction of every one of our players.

'I don't usually look at replays but somebody made me go into the television room to have a look, and you will see for yourselves that it was a penalty.

'It was always going to be a difficult game against a good team and our results lately have been frustrating when we have deserved better.'

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Saturday, April 3, 2004

Chelsea keep pressure on Gunners

Dominic Raynor

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink followed up last week's hat-trick with a goal in Saturday's 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur to help Chelsea move to within four points of Premiership leaders Arsenal.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink enjoys his goal in acrobatic fashion. (CliveRose/GettyImages)

The Dutch striker converted Damien Duff's low cross from the left on 38 minutes, to maintain Chelsea's 17-year unbeaten league run against Spurs at White Hart Lane.

Claudio Ranieri's men now go into Tuesday's Champions League quarter final against Arsenal - who lost 1-0 to Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday - on a high, with Hasselbaink pushing for a start.

Newcastle United moved ahead of Champions League place rivals Liverpool, who play Blackburn Rovers on Sunday, and inot fourth place with a 4-2 win over Everton at St James' Park.

Craig Bellamy put the home side in front after just five minutes and Kieron Dyer made it 2-0 before the Toffeemen struck back through Thomas Gravesen and Joseph Yobo, either side of an Alan Shearer strike.

The Magpies' veteran striker popped up again with a 90th minute strike to sooth Toon nerves and take his tally for the season to 26 goals.

Two goals in the final two-minutes from striker Kevin Phillips gave Southampton a comfortable 4-1 win at Molineux and virtually condemned bottom placed Wolverhampton Wanderers to relegation.

James Beattie opened the scoring and Claus Lundekvam netted his first strike for the Saints before Henri Camara scored in the 72nd minute to give Wolves a slim hope of salvaging a point.

But a late brace from Phillips snuffed out any hope of a comeback as the Saints marched on under new manager Paul Sturrock.

Birmingham City signed Maik Taylor on a permanent contract last week and the goalkeeper responded with a clean sheet in the 0-0 draw with former club Fulham.

The draw was not enough for the Blues, who looked a shadow of the team that demolished Leeds United 4-1 last weekend, and the Midland club's hopes of Champions League qualification have faded.

A bizarre own goal from Bolton's top scorer Kevin Nolan paved the way for a Middlesbrough victory at the Riverside Stadium.

The midfielder put through his own net to extinguish hopes of a revenge victory over their Carling Cup final vanquishers. Jonathan Greening sealed Boro's victory in the second-half, with his first goal of the season.

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And the run continues :rolleyes:

Still we had some chances, notably Ledley King missing a sitter of a header but all in all Chelsea probably deserved to nick it. But some points I want to make. Firstly what did Maurricio Taricco have for lunch? not only was he dodgy, he also decided to dish out 2 blatent elbows on Lamps and Duff. So another 4 game ban looming I guess :groan:

And did any of you see the pretty blond next to Pleatie throughout the whole game? maybe it'd be a good idea for her to do the team talks :howler: can't get any worse than Pleats :(
 

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Look on the bright side; keeps Chelsea in the run for the EPL title (probably too late though).
 

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Wally said:

And did any of you see the pretty blond next to Pleatie throughout the whole game? maybe it'd be a good idea for her to do the team talks :howler: can't get any worse than Pleats :(
She was quite pretty, so I guess she cost him a little extra than his usual bog standard ones... ;) :D
 

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Pleat Passes The Buck Again

By Curio CT
Date: 5/4/2004

Tottenham's David Pleat made yet more excuses blaming refereeing decisions for his team's 1-0 defeat at home to Chelsea. "I thought Duff might have been half a yard offside when he crossed for Hasselbaink's goal," he said.

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Pleat Passes the Buck Again
By Neil Vaughan for THEspursweb.com

Tottenham's David Pleat made yet more excuses blaming refereeing decisions for his team's 1-0 defeat at home to Chelsea. "I thought Duff might have been half a yard offside when he crossed for Hasselbaink's goal," he said.

He also made excuses feeling that John Terry stopped a Michael Brown shot with his arm, saying: "What is more annoying is that we had a certain penalty."

"You only had to see the reaction of every one of our players. Have a look, and you will see it was a penalty."

Pleat confirmed that skipper Jamie Redknapp had been taken to hospital for plastic surgery after an accidental clash with his cousin Frank Lampard left him with a gashed mouth.

"Jamie had a laceration of his upper lip and has gone to hospital for plastic surgery - otherwise he wanted to come back on and kick his cousin!"
 

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She was quite pretty, so I guess she cost him a little extra than his usual bog standard ones... ;) :D
You suggesting our manager pays for his ladies or visits the ladies of the night? how dare you!!! :mad: :tongue:
I didn't see her face that clearly but it may have been Caprice!! afterall she did go out with Tony Adams, so why not David Pleat :howler: :D :D
 

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You suggesting our manager pays for his ladies or visits the ladies of the night? how dare you!!! :mad: :tongue:
I didn't see her face that clearly but it may have been Caprice!! afterall she did go out with Tony Adams, so why not David Pleat :howler: :D :D
If it was Caprice, then he definately paid for her :howler: :D
 

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Taricco in trouble

By Neil Vaughan
Date: 6/4/2004

MAURICIO TARICCO is to be investigated by the Football Association for incidents involving two Chelsea players on Saturday. The former Ipswich...

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By Neil Vaughan for THEspursweb.com

MAURICIO TARICCO is to be investigated by the Football Association for incidents involving two Chelsea players on Saturday.

The former Ipswich player appeared to strike Damien Duff and stamp on Scott Parker during Spurs' 1-0 defeat to The Blues on Saturday.

The FA have requested video footage of the two incidents that went unpunished and could decide to charge Taricco with misconduct if they decide he has a case to answer.
 
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